Senior Project Manager
Consultancy, North America
Brittanie is a champion of lean construction. With a masters in construction engineering and management, and a wealth of experience in the industry, Brittanie has developed her skills to save clients time and money on many projects across North America through established and innovative techniques.
- How did you get into what you do?
After high school I did a degree in architectural engineering and a masters in construction engineering and management at the Illinois Institute of Technology. My training in project scheduling at university allowed me to make a lateral move to project controls and I became the schedule manager at a public agency in Chicago for two years.
I then continued working in controls with multiple public agencies in the Chicagoland area. I enjoyed the work but I had a strong desire to experience projects from inception to completion. I joined Mace in 2014 as a project manager and after developing my skills am now a senior project manager.
- What do you enjoy most about your current role at Mace?
Having a team of experts who I can call on who have a wealth of knowledge on anything industry related that I need help with.
- What do you see as the next big trend for your specialism in the next five years?
In my opinion lean construction is the most practical trend in construction at the moment. It’s originated from the manufacturing industry but it’s really gaining traction today because of the technical capabilities we have when using specific software.
Since I’ve been with Mace I’ve been encouraged to become involved with the Lean Construction Institute which has helped me to have a broader perspective on project execution as well as team collaboration.
- What do you hope you will be doing in the next 5-10 years?
Building support for lean construction across the industry. The value it can bring can be huge but it’s not always an easy sell as clients can be nervous to think about project delivery in such different ways. The evidence is there though - high lean intensity makes you two times more likely to meet the budget and three times more likely to make the schedule.
- What are you passionate about outside of work?
I host a podcast that just goes to show how passionate I am about the industry and making it the best it can be. A lot of the episodes discuss collaborative working, efficiency and innovation with industry experts. I’ve had some really inspiring conversations with some of the most forward thinking leaders.
“Since I’ve been with Mace I’ve been encouraged to become involved with the Lean Construction Institute which has helped me to have a broader perspective on project execution as well as team collaboration.”